Write! Write! Write!
". . . find a niche of time to write anyway, away from despairing drafts or busy whirlwinds, and preserve that flickering flame of desire to write."
What's one of the best things you can do if you're a writer?
Write! Just do it.
Drag out a journal, jot down ideas: snatches of conversation, odd facts, descriptions of people or places you see, struggles and feelings you're going through.
The best way to develop writing skills or keep them honed is to write.
Write! Write out what is on your mind and heart, ignore errors.
Do you have an internal editor that annoys you with criticisms of what you just wrote? I do.
Don't let your desire to write well keep you from writing. Don't worry about the exact words or spelling or grammar too much in a first draft. Just get the ideas out.
Make yourself tell that annoying editor in your head to wait. The editor can come back later and make corrections. That's when an internal editor's opinions are most helpful.
Keep the creative juices flowing, especially when you're writing a first draft, by giving yourself permission to just do it, without judging it, without correcting it. Just write.
Write! Write in this season of your life.
Would you write more if you had the time? There are seasons of life that may be too busy to write much, but find a niche of time to write anyway, away from despairing drafts or busy whirlwinds, and preserve that flickering flame of desire to write.
In another season of your life you may have more time to write. Then, you'll be glad you kept your observation and communication skills in shape for the workout you would give them. You'll enjoy flipping through the pages of old journals to find glimpses of that busy time, as well as projects to more fully develop.
This isn't a guarantee. But this was my experience. I'm grateful to be in a season of my life where I have more time to write now.
So, wherever you are on your journey as a writer or artist or thinking communicator ... do what you can with what you've got in the time available to you.
If you believe God gave you a gift, use it as you can, where you can. Let God deal with the results.
Write! Write! Write!
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